Court to rule on ex­tra­di­tion

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A London court is ex­pected to de­cide in the com­ing weeks whether to ap­prove the ex­tra­di­tion of a Greek for­mer judge, An­to­nia Ilia, amid con­cerns that con­di­tions at Greek prisons fall short of Euro­pean stan­dards. Ilia, found guilty by a Greek court of be­ing part of a trial-fix­ing ring, was sentenced to almost seven years in prison in ab­sen­tia. She was ar­rested in Brighton, south­ern Eng­land, in 2011. The de­fen­dant did not ap­pear in the London court on Fri­day be­cause of an eye in­fec­tion, her lawyer told judges. Mean­while, a pros­e­cu­tor, act­ing on be­half of the Greek Min­istry of Jus­tice told the court that if ex­tra­dited, Ilia would be held at the new women’s wing at Ko­ry­dal­los Prison, south of Athens, a fa­cil­ity that com­plies with in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions. How­ever, two Greek ex­perts who tes­ti­fied via tele­con­fer­ence ar­gued that ju­ris­dic­tion for pris­on­ers’ place­ment lies with the prison coun­cil and not the min­istry.

Uni at­tack.

Po­lice in Thes­sa­loniki were in­ves­ti­gat­ing over the week­end a shoot­ing which al­legedly left one per­son in­jured on the premises of the Aris­to­tle Univer­sity in the north­ern port city late on Fri­day. Wit­nesses told po­lice that they saw a scuf­fle break out be­tween a group of peo­ple and sub­se­quently heard shots be­ing fired. In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, New Democ­racy party sec­re­tary An­dreas Pa­pamimikos pre­sented a pro­posal for the de­vel­op­ment of a univer­sity po­lice force to a group of Thes­sa­loniki univer­sity and tech­ni­cal col­lege (TEI) rec­tors on Satur­day.


A 49-year-old woman was ar­rested in Thes­sa­loniki on Satur­day after she at­tempted to snatch a bag from a company em­ployee in the city cen­ter while pos­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the sus­pect walked into a store and asked the vic­tim to pro­duce an ID as part of an iden­tity check. When asked to present some kind of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to prove her sta­tus as an of­fi­cer, the sus­pect pre­sented another doc­u­ment be­fore snatch­ing the vic­tim’s bag. She was even­tu­ally de­tained by po­lice­men pa­trolling the area, after ini­tially re­sist­ing ar­rest and hit­ting one of the of­fi­cers.

Of­fi­cers sus­pended.

Two po­lice of­fi­cers, aged 39 and 43, were sus­pended over the week­end after al­legedly ask­ing two of their col­leagues to re­frain from fil­ing re­ports against two pros­ti­tutes, both for­eign na­tion­als, who were ar­rested fol­low­ing a po­lice op­er­a­tion in cen­tral Athens. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice’s case file, the two sus­pects were also part of the op­er­a­tion, known as Thiseas, tar­get­ing il­licit trade, drugs as well as un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in down­town Athens.

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